Posts tagged as ECA Amendment Bill

The radio spectrum conundrum

Are you confused about where South Africa stands with access to affordable broadband and allocation of radio frequency spectrum? Not surprising: we have gone a full circle in the space of two years but still do not have radio spectrum allocated to enable the mobile operators and other entities to roll out more affordable broadband […]

MTN champions LTE in rural South Africa

MTN has become the first mobile operator to give 90% of South Africans access to long-term evolution (LTE/4G) coverage through the development of its 11 000th LTE site in the heartland of the Eastern Cape. This significant landmark site in Qatywa near the birthplace of former president, Nelson Mandela, shows that the extensive LTE rollout has […]

ECA amendment bill “void for vagueness”

Commenting on the Electronic Communications Act (ECA) amendment bill at a recent media briefing, Raymond Louw, executive director of the Free Market Foundation (FMF) summed up the bill as “void for vagueness, terrible idea, failed idea, anti-progress idea and corrupt idea”. Rumours have been circulating that government has decided to scrap the amendment bill and […]

Controversial bill back for discussion

The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) and industry stakeholders met in early March 2018 in a stakeholder consultation workshop. DTPS director general, Robert Nkuna, said that one of the main reasons for public consultation was to assess socio-economic benefits of the Electronic Communications Amendment (ECA) Bill and evaluate which proposals are workable. “At […]